Posted on October 19, 2007
Birmingham-Southern soccer Camp … much more than just training …
College Opportunities for Student Athletes magazine, since 1991, written with several hundred college coaches, specifically to help subscribers get to college and on the team … often with full scholarships.
Summer camps are, in our opinion, the best way to get to know the college coach you may some day play for. Coaches use camps to train and evaluate future members of their teams. Summer camps provide an ideal environment for both student athlete and coach to thoroughly prepare and improve the quality of the recruiting decision.
For these important reasons we publish our book, The Best Soccer Camps and dedicate the Spring Edition of our magazine, College Opportunities for Student Athletes to detailed reviews of only 100 summer camp operators, nationwide.
Birmingham-Southern soccer Camp … much more than just training …
Birmingham Southern College, founded in 1856, is private liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Offering both men’s and women’s soccer today, Coach Preston Goldfarb founded the Panther Men’s Varsity Program in 1983 … and BSC soccer changed … forever.
Preston, one of the most fascinating college soccer coaches we know, has tremendous energy and vision; he is relentless. His Panthers, then NAIA affiliated, have hosted three National Tournaments, played in the ‘95 and ‘99 Final Four and in 1996 were National Championship runners-up.
With their program’s recent move to NCAA Division I, BSC played in the Big South Conference. In their first year of eligibility, the Panthers finished their regular season second in conference and were runners up in the conference tournament, posting a 12-5-3 record. In 2007 BSC moved to NCAA Division III Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Preston said, “When selecting your college, consider that there are higher profile soccer programs than ours, where you may be a role player spending years building seniority on the bench. At Birmingham Southern, you can be an impact player and make a visible, measurable contribution to our growth from a very successful program.”
Preston attended Oklahoma University on a basketball scholarship where he shaped his vision of the coach’s role in developing student athletes. Parents will see in Preston Goldfarb the qualities we all hope to find in the person who will guide our sons and daughters through the most formative period of their lives.
Yes, Mom and Dad, the college coach will see more of, and have a greater influence on, your rapidly maturing teenager than you, during those critical years. Choose carefully using Coach Goldfarb as your benchmark.
Coach Goldfarb’s qualifications reflect dedication to excellence; a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science in Education, JD Law degree. His military service began as a tank commander and concluded as Aide de Camp to a US Army General.
He has served as president of the NAIA, named Coach of the Year three times and, in 2000, was honored as a member of the Hall of Fame for his 29 years of passionate promotion of the sport at all levels.
But the Preston we know is most proud of statistics like 37 All-Americans and his 100% graduation record. “Excellence Through Fundamentals” is the theme of BSC, the Panther program and Preston’s summer soccer camp.
You will see Coach Goldfarb on the field with players every day. Most of the players on his varsity squad began their Birmingham Southern experience at camp, an excellent way to get to know the school and the coach.
Some of today’s Panthers returned for eight and ten consecutive years as campers!
On the first day, campers are ranked by age and on the second day are re-ranked by skills … an effective way to recognize and motivate. Every evening coaches meet to review the day’s progress. Rather than work from an inflexible drill schedule, each evening Preston and his coaches design the next days training to meet the groups’ needs. Drills are short, about 12 minutes, and designed to demand heavy work under close supervision.
Preston travels to Europe and South America to recruit coaching staff for the camp and players for his team. His camp uses a European style of training and regularly includes celebrity players from Brazil, Germany and England. Brazil’s U23 National Team coach, Rui Menezes, is a regular staff member. In addition to top International players, campers will play with and against Panther team players, 75% of whom were recruited at this camp.
The Birmingham Southern College soccer facility, featuring plush fields, is fully lighted for evening match play. Campers stay in air conditioned dorms, two to a room. Residential and day camps are offered in June for boys and girls ages 7 – 18.
Birmingham Southern, the “Southern Ivy,” is rated “very competitive” … ranks fifth in the nation in medical school acceptance of its graduates!!!
Camp sells out early; to reserve call: (205) 226-4895 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information and registration: http://www.bscsports.net/Sports/msoc/2005/msoc-camps.asp
Summer Camps: Much More Than Training
Every camp here has been selected in our Best Soccer Camps book. The current edition of our Best Soccer Camps book contains only 100 selected camps from the more than 500 summer soccer camps.
Is this approach working? When have you seen so many camp ads and articles, anywhere, ever? Think about this. We talk to more serious soccer families and more truly dedicated college coaches, in one year, than anyone. And we help readers find the good camps that can affect their college futures, and their lives.
Now, consider what serious players do for top camps. Competitive players make the camp a success, elevate the level of play, and challenge other players. They stimulate the coaching staff. Everyone learns more and has more fun. And sometimes, a player catches the eye of a coach because, “Those campers were working so hard they looked like college players.” … the rest … perhaps, is history!
Readers refer to our Student Athlete magazine as the “Consumer Reports” of College-Bound sports. We are proud to have earned your respect. When we compile our Special Campers Issues we invite only camps recommended in our Best Camps book to advertise. We’ve done our homework. All of these camps are good!
As parents of serious student athletes, we know how expensive, yet important, good camp selection is. Add the camp’s cost, airfare, new clothes, new equipment, spending money, telephone, ground transportation and family gifts … a residential camp’s cost can total $1000!
What are the alternatives, once you’ve learned how to how play, for getting noticed by the college coaches?
The three most important things to do, to increase your chances of playing sports in college are:
1. Participate in the ODP
2. Win state cup with your club team
3. Attend camp at the college where you hope to play
Camp selection is the only event YOU can control. By the end of the camp, both you and the coach will know if his college is in your future. If the news is not good, ask him to recommend colleges where you can play, and to use him as a reference.
Bob Collins, Editor
Student Athlete Scholarships Foundation
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